FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A total of eight people have died in Jefferson County from the novel coronavirus. Five of those people were residents of a care facility in Festus.
More than 85 staff members and residents of Festus Manor have tested positive for COVID-19 and five residents have died from complications caused by the virus.
Officials from Festus Manor Care Center said 62 residents and 25 employees have tested positive. On Thursday, officials from the care facility said four residents have died from the virus.
Officials from the Jefferson County Health Department said the first resident died from the virus in mid April.
"We're deeply saddened by the loss of these Festus Manor residents, and our hearts go out to all of the families and their loved ones dealing with this pandemic," facility officials said on Facebook.
The facility serves a total of 131 residents and has 167 employees. A total of 108 staff members tested negative. The facility also offered housing to all employees to limit outside exposure.
Staff members are screened daily before starting a shift and anyone who shows symptoms is sent home.
“We are in contact with our family members and are doing everything we can to support them,” a Festus Manor spokesperson said. “We are also doing everything we can to ensure we prevent the spread within our facility through isolation and quarantine protocols."
Festus Manor is one of several care facilities in the area with coronavirus cases. Cases have been reported at Frontier Health & Rehabilitation center in St. Charles and at Life Care Center in St. Louis City.
There are currently 277 people infected with the novel coronavirus in the Jefferson County. Eight people have died so far.